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Remembering Dr. Ralph Sacco

Dr. Ralph Sacco, the first neurologist to serve as president of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, died Jan. 17. Sacco, a distinguished AHA/ASA volunteer and a revered scientist, served as editor-in-chief of the journal Stroke in addition to other leadership roles. At the family's request, donations in his memory can be made to the AHA/ASA to The Ralph Sacco Memorial Fund for Brain Health.

Read more about Dr. Sacco's life

Read CEO Nancy Brown's tribute to Dr. Sacco

Dr. Ralph Sacco served as president of the American Heart Association and American Academy of Neurology. (Photo courtesy of University of Miami Miller School of Medicine)

Understanding cardiac arrest following collapse during Monday Night Football

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American Heart Association experts share on-site care explanations and possible reasons why Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin’s heart stopped -  along with resources for learning CPR and why that simple skill is vital to survival after a cardiac arrest.

Learn the two simple steps of Hands-Only CPR


When a person has a cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately receiving CPR from someone nearby.

Help your community by learning the 2 simple steps of Hands-Only CPR:

  1. Call 911.
  2. Press hard and fast in the center of the chest.

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Monitoring Your Blood Pressure at Home

It's important to know how to correctly monitor your blood pressure at home, especially if your doctor has recommended that you monitor it on a regular basis.

Warning Signs

Learn the warning signs of heart attack, stroke and cardiac arrest.

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